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How to determine your Childbirth Philosophy

As you begin to teach childbirth classes consider what your intention is. Your confidence and effectiveness will increase knowing what you believe and what you wish to accomplish.

You might work for a hospital or other organization that mandates your teaching their curriculum, still you will have greater satisfaction and be more effective once you understand your core philosophy.

Answer the following questions to help you reflect upon your beliefs. Suggestion: jot down your thoughts in a journal or record them in a voice memo on your phone.

When you’re done use the answers to help direct you as you develop your teaching style, curriculum, and begin to teach childbirth classes.


Reflection Questions

– How would you describe birth?

– How safe or dangerous is it?

– How does birth fit into the rest of life?

– What is the role of the labor partner?

– What is the primary role of the caregiver?

– What makes for the best birthing environment?

– What role do fathers plan in pregnancy, birth, and early parenting?

– What is your role as a childbirth educator?

– What do you wish for childbearing women and their families?

– What are your expectations of families seeking your professional assistance?

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